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On disc: We Are The Damned

Holy Beast - Mike Thompson - 8 stars

Holy Beast

Holy Beast
(Massacre Records - 2011)

Formed in 2007, We Are The Damned is a death'n'roll quintet from sunny Portugal. Holy Beast is the band's second full-length album.

The average song length on this album hangs around the three minute mark and generally this is long enough for the balls-out bangathons that We Are The Damned create. There is nothing of the AC/DC worship death'n'roll style you might expect from, say, a Debauchery album but whilst some may accuse this band of being some kind of metalcore band - and to be fair there are a few breakdowns and such - this is actually fantastic crusty death'n'roll in the vein of Wolverine Blues era Entombed.

Ok, I'll admit after the first couple of songs I pretty much had my mind made up about this one; a good album for a quick spin, enjoyable but not exactly groundbreaking. For the most part I think my initial assumption was correct. However, there are parts of this album which lift it above many similar artist's attempts. The main one is the penultimate track Lucifer VIP (Chapter II) which is a nine minute instrumental of epic proportions. It is on this song that We Are The Damned truly shine as they are able to show off their musical talent and diversity with everything from chugging riffs to screaming solos to jazzy piano interludes. The song is a mix of everything that could make We Are The Damned one of the best bands to come out of Portugal.

Not to say that is the only song worth listening to. There really isn't a bad track on the album with every song being, at worst, listenable. I really am pleasantly surprised by how good this album is and recommend it without hesitation.

8 stars

Mike Thompson


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